A 32-year old poultry farmer was electrocuted yesterday while trying to fix a plucking machine he had recently purchased.
Ameron Gulab, called ‘Imran’, of Kersaint Park, La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital around 09:00 hours.
Speaking with this newspaper yesterday, the dead man’s wife, Nalinie, explained that the father of two girls had purchased the brand new machine on Thursday and was advised that it required 220 volts to be operated.
However, when he plugged it in, the motor turned briefly and then cut off, she said.
The woman said that her husband contacted the company from which he had purchased the machine and was then informed that the machine he had bought was operated with 110 volts.
Nalinie Gulab said that her husband went back downstairs and she did not hear from him for several minutes. “I don’t know what happened but I keep calling and got no answer. I saw his foot and when I went to him, the current shocked me too,” Nalinie Gulab told this newspaper.
She went back upstairs and unplugged the machine while raising an alarm.
But by the time help arrived, her husband already appeared dead.
Nevertheless, he was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where his death was confirmed.
“We bought it (plucking machine) brand new in a wooden box,” the woman said.
According to a relative who spoke to this newspaper, the man was plucking chicken after he had gotten a large order.
“Imran get a large offer and he was trying to finish all de wuk”. The relative further told Kaieteur News that the dead man only bought the machine since he started to feel pains in his arms.
“After all de years of using he hands, it start fuh tek a toll so he decide to buy this machine which woulda help do de wuk quick”.
The teary-eyed relatives lamented the fact that if they had only known that the machine would have caused so much heart break they wouldn’t have encouraged Gulab to buy it.
His mother, who was inconsolable yesterday, pondered her next move, as Gulab was her only son.
“He used to look out for everybody and he didn’t deserve to die like that”.
Gulab leaves to mourn his wife and two children, aged nine and six years old.
Investigators have taken possession of the machine and are awaiting the results of the post mortem examination.
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